X-Men: Legacy writer Mike Carey pens the Storm origin story for the X-Men edition of Origins of Marvel Comics. It is a testament to his writing skill, fluid style and uncanny understanding of continuity that he is able to summarize Ororo’s entire history into a single page. The captions above and below the first panel immediately illustrate the initial abandonment and subsequent glorification that is the core of Storm’s story. I’m glad the battle for leadership against Cyclops is represented and I appreciate the almost meta textual commentary on the wedding to Black Panther (“Some feared it might mark a decisive split”). In that moment, it seems like he’s talking about/to the comics internet community.
Husband and wife penciller and inker team,Terry and Rachel Dodson do a great job illustrating key moments of Storm’s life and end the story with a stunning mid-air pose. The tiara is spot on although I would have liked her ruby to be drawn a bit larger (and she has no earrings which makes kinda sad). The vinyl shine effect on her costume is amazing. This origin story is definitely one of my favorites in recent memory.